Saturday, May 29, 2010

Ashley's and Micah's wedding.

Shot a wedding this afternoon for a friend of his daughter. Ashley and Micah wed and are planning on living in Kansas City. Had a good time as I had total access and the couple couldn't have been nicer.

It was close, but they lost.

The Salvatores lost this game, 16-10. The other team has some real hitters.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010


The Salvatores had a short practice last night due to the heat and the fact they had team photo's later in the evening. Coach Miller is trying to keep their energy and enthusiasm levels up because they are playing the #1 team tonight.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Waldo is out getting donuts...l

We sent Waldo out to get some donuts, glazed for Glenn and chocolate long-johns for me whilst we climbed in his cockpit and made airplane noises. Then when it was almost time for him to come back, we straightened up the hangar.

The airplane is almost finished. The prop isn't bolted on, it's just a ....prop. Hehe. Glenn has to finish painting and varnish it and then allow the varnish to dry, which takes up to 5 days.

We'll put fluids in her tomorrow to seat what leaks and what's good. Friday or next Tuesday is looking like first engine start.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Another win for the Salvatores!

The boys won again today, but just barely. They'd almost won the game on the 10-run rule when the heat got to them and they pooped out.

Gone fishin' with Gramps

Gone fishin'

Sky and gramps and I motor out in gramp's boat. I need a cushion.

Ahhh, that's the lifed!

I'm gettin' mad-Sky's catching all the fish.

I caught this little guy. He's too small so I'll throw him back in.

Sky's Catch.
We put these 3 back in also.
We went fishing at Mark Twain Lake with my father in-law Gene Border. We drove 1 1/2 hours up there and stopped at a Bait 'N Tackle shop to make a pit stop and for me to buy my first fishing license-ever! I haven't been fishing since I was about 7, so when Gene asked me to go for a boat ride, I happily accepted the invitation.
We put the boat in the water and motored over to a spot. They'd told us at the tackle shop the only thing biting were the crappie but the lake has those along with bass, bluegill, catfish and killer whales. Okay, not really but my daughter Lindsay thinks so.
We fished for a while and caught nothing. We went boating for a while, the wind blew my hat off. We circled around and got it and kept right on boating. We stopped and fished, moved to another spot (this time in the shade) and it was here that Sky caught his three crappie and I caught a baby bass.
At 5:30 we'd all definitely had enough sun and not enough luck so we put the "Ola Dell" back on her trailer and headed for home.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Sky's Band Concert

Wow-there's a lot of people here.

Concentrate. Just play the notes.

That was pretty good!

We did it.
Skyler had his first Concert Band concert tonight. The 6th, 7th and 8th grade bands all performed, starting with his 6th grade first. They all played 5 songs. His band had only played together twice before but they did an outstanding job with their songs. Sure, there were a few squeaks and squawks, but overall we thoroughly enjoyed the concert.

Dance Recital Rehearsal

Lindsay has dress rehearsal for her dance recital tonight. The recital is next month, just a couple weeks away. First they take pictures (good thing) and then they have the rehearsal.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Rainy, soggy weekend

Two members of a fife and drum band reenacting Lewis and Clark Days sit under a train depot to get out of the rain Saturday.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Batting Practice

Batting practice last night. Supposed to have a game tonight it rained buckets last night so we'll have to see.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Good couple a days shooting Little League.

Bunch o'fun shooting a Game Monday evening and practice last night. The diamond wasn't the best, in fact it's the worst for shooting pix. Go with the flow.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Spring is here, summer to follow.

According to my neighbors weather expert, spring is definitely here, summer a few short weeks away.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Little League #2

Another great night of shooting Little League. Got some great shots and my team won!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Play Ball!

First game of the summer 2010 season tonight.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

04-17 Fomation Flights in the Stearman

Shot with a Nikon 8008 with a Tokina 17mm lens.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

04-15 Double Rainbow

A small shower went thru tonite leaving behind this beautiful double-rainbow to look at.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Swampland for sale.

They've built two walking paths on each side of the creek a quarter mile from our house, one on each side. What they haven't built is a drainage system that works for the area. This crick floods everytime it rains hard, now it'll just be easier. I expect the mosquito population to be out of control this spring.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Where'd the sun go?

Last night was so beautiful and today is so yucky. Lindsay's wondering where the sun went as we went outside to take her to day care.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Nice night to go flying.

Tim, Cooper and I went out and got night current tonight in their Citation V at Spirit. I rode up front for all of the 9 full-stop landings trying to get my skills back. Made some nice landings, crappy patterns (airplane is too dang slow!) and everyone went home happy.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010


After 13 months of not flying a jet, it felt like old-home week when Tim and I took this Citation V up to get me current. My scan came back, I knew where the switches were and I didn't exceed 200 kts under the Class B. Three approaches and 3 landings later, I'm good to go in the right seat.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Ps...The Book is now Available.

You can get new copies at A little more expensive but at least you'll get the correct item.

Amazon Sucks

I ordered a book from amazon last week, Mark Steinmetz's South East. I had been interested in this book for a while, even before Mike Johnston featured it on The Online Photographer. After he did, the book became unavailable at list price, only used and collectible ones being offered. When I saw one pop up on Amazon for $37 I went ahead and ordered it. I ordered it on Monday, they shipped it on thursday and I received it today. Almost. They sent the wrong book. They sent Greater Atlanta which is an okay book but I really wanted what I had ordered. I went to the Amazon website to see how to send it back. A few clicks later and it told me I had to call customer service. A phone call later and I was talking to Rinja in New Delhi. She said she couldn't help me because they were changing out the computers and could I please call back in an hour?

Now I was mad. I tried calling Amazon's Corporate office in Seattle only to play ring-around the phone tree. When you press either 5 or 0 for the Corporate Operator, it just takes you back to the recorded message. So now I'm on a misson to get people to buy from local booksellors and tell Amazon to take a hike.

BTW Amazon, the person who packed my book at Warehouse Deals in Lexington, KY should be fired. How ironic that a booksellor employs people who can't read the title and the listing on the invoice, compare the two to make sure they agree and then ship the book. It's like ordering Laura Ingalls Wilder's The Long Winter and getting Little House in the Big Woods. There's even different pictures on the cover!? You would think you would want them to ship the correct item, it'd be cheaper, but from your response and lack of customer service, it's evident you don't care what they ship. You don't care about customer service because you outsource it to India. When I order something from a US company and have a problem, I want to call customer service to fix it in the United States! The last thing I want is to call and hear the person speaking with a Indian or Pakstani accent. Even my e-mails asking for help are sent from New Delhi. And back up your computers so when you have to take a system down, the customer service people can still access the information they need to help your customers!

Now I could crack some joke about how most of the people in Lexington, where Warehouse is located, have some of their teeth, they just can't read.

Sign me...a very dissatisfied customer. "Thank you very much"

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

03-02 I've got her figured out.

The second day of my playing Mr. Mom. I found out how to make my daughter go to sleep and take a nap. (She's a bear without a nap.) We take our naps together! We go in and lay down on my wife's and my bed and 20 minutes later, she's asleep. And I have the rest of the afternoon off to look over the internet for a job.

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Finally found it! A picture from 1983.

I've been looking for a copy of one of my photos for quite some time and I finally found it. Good thing too because the lack of a job and the weather has me depressed. I'm outta gas.

I took this photo in the early-summer of 1983 in Iowa City, IA of the Astro's Little League Baseball Team. I've always loved little league, ever since I played the game which was shortly after they invented the stick (bat).

I'm going to try and follow one team thru their 2010 season and shoot it as a photo-essay. I'll publish some of the results here, most of it on and hopefully turn it into a book. Most of the pictures will be in black and white.


Little Boo came out to the airport with me today to check on the painting Glenn had done on the Cub's tail yesterday and to see what he was working on. The wing she's looking at in the bottom wing on the Standard. The tape marks broken ribs which Glenn is replacing.


The Boo got a new outfit from her Grandmother today. It's her favorite color so she had to try it on immediately. It cracks me up, sometimes she's rough and tough and the next minute she's so girly.

02-23 Singing with the Boo.

We were singing Beatles Rock Band when the Boo came home from her dance lesson and wanted to join in the fun. My wife grabbed my small digital camera and made a video of it from which this frame is taken.

Monday, February 22, 2010

02-22 Painting the tail white.

I don't do paint. Not around the house, not model airplanes and certainly not my real airplane. I pay Glenn to paint my Cub for me. He laid down a base coat of white this morning. Tomorrow I'll go in and sand the rough spots and then he'll paint it yellow either tomorrow afternoon or wednesday.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Lakeview #7

Lakeview #7
view from Greensfelder Memorial.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Lakeview #6

Goose feather on the Lakeshore.

Friday, February 19, 2010

02-19 Putting on the wing fabric.

Putting the first bit of fabric on one
of the Standard J-1 wings.

02-18 Building his models.

Sky has learned about sanding to get
a nicer finish.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010


Flowers above the kitchen sink.

02-16 Find out on Friday.

The interview went fine, I think. It only lasted 15-20 minutes which is short by most standard but that's how long every pilot who was there lasted. There were 14 of us. We find out on Friday.
This sterotypical view out the window shows an Air Tran B717 and a Continental 737 sitting at their respective gates waiting to board. I had a 9 hour wait to catch my flight home, which ought to tell me something about how badly do I want this job.